First listed on: 07 June 2017

Team Leader - Containment Facility 

  • Supervise teams of animal technicians in the provision of animal husbandry and care
  • Utilise your professional veterinary expertise to support research projects
  • Join our team at CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)

The Position

We seek to appoint an experienced animal studies Team Leader with either veterinary qualifications or relevant qualifications plus experience in working with animals in a research environment. The position will provide a high level of professional veterinary expertise in support of research projects using animals within AAHL’s microbiologically secure area.  In the challenging environment of the containment facility, you will supervise teams of animal technicians in the provision of animal husbandry and care and ensure that animal usage adheres to the principles of replacement, reduction and refinement.

The appointment will be for an indefinite period.  Consideration will be given to employment of animal studies professionals that are not veterinarians where significant experience working with animals in a research environment can be demonstrated.

CSIRO is committed to Diversity and Inclusion in the work place and to increasing the employment of Indigenous peoples in our organisation. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to consider applying for this role.

Location: Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), Geelong, VIC

Salary: $92K - $100K pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 41121

To be successful you will need:

  • A veterinary degree registrable with Veterinary Boards in Australia or registration by examination with an Australian Veterinary Board (relevant qualifications with experience may be considered) or a relevant qualification combined with experience in animal husbandry in a research environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, including supervision of staff, positive interactions with stakeholders and customers and productive engagement with business/institute commitments and objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience and practical knowledge of veterinary procedures including clinical examinations, collection of biological samples, anaesthesia and surgical procedures including in domestic livestock, companion and laboratory animals.
  • Ability to develop and adapt veterinary and husbandry techniques for novel scientific procedures and unusual animal species.
  • Demonstrated commitment to safeguarding and improving the welfare of animals used in research including familiarity with the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.
  • Demonstrated ability to write reports, for example clinical or experimental records, publications in scientific journals or conference abstracts as well as writing of ethics committee proposals.
  • During periods of studies, be available to work on weekends and shifts as required.

AAHL specific special requirements
Candidates must have ability and willingness to meet AAHL’s microbiological security requirements and to meet eligibility requirements for a negative vetting 1 security clearance as specified in the Position Details form.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Our solutions make a difference to industry, people and the planet.

As Australia’s national science agency, we’ve been pushing the edge of what’s possible for almost 90 years. Today we have thousands of talented people working across Australia and internationally. Our people work closely with industry and communities to leave a lasting legacy. Collectively, our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world.


CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)
AAHL helps protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. It is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.

How to Apply:  To apply for this position please include with your CV/resume, cover letter and a statement addressing the selection criteria. Please upload these as ONE document.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position Details

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, 19 June 2017

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